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UK Airports Among World's Most Sustainable; Heathrow First to Attain Supplier Standard
UK Airports Among World's Most Sustainable; Heathrow First to Attain Supplier Standard

LEADERSHIP - Two airports in London, Heathrow and Gatwick, earned multiple certifications to the Carbon Trust Standard for their exceptional environmental performance. Heathrow has become the first airport in the world (and only the fifth organization in the world) to simultaneously hold four certifications, while Gatwick is now one of only a handful of organizations to hold triple certification.

Trending: Boeing, JetBlue Join Collaborative Efforts for Sustainable Biofuels
Trending: Boeing, JetBlue Join Collaborative Efforts for Sustainable Biofuels

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Biofuels have been a topic in aviation sector corporate responsibility for several years, leading to numerous initiatives from airplane manufacturers and airlines to advance their research and development. Boeing, for example, has been working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other partners towards a goal of producing 1 billion gallons of aviation biofuel by 2018.

Trending: Paint Innovations Helping to Improve Vehicle Efficiency
Trending: Paint Innovations Helping to Improve Vehicle Efficiency

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - When it comes to fuel economy, lightweight design and temperature control are important considerations for cars and airplanes alike – and the impact of a coat of paint might surprise you. Vehicles with more reflective coatings or with less paint can be more efficient.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, hot weather can increase vehicle fuel economy because engines warm up to an efficient temperature faster, summer grades of gasoline can have slightly more energy, and warm air causes less aerodynamic drag than cold air. However, the use of air conditioning can reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy by more than 25 percent in very hot conditions.

Innovation Inspiration: What Bones Taught Airbus About Optimizing Strength
Innovation Inspiration: What Bones Taught Airbus About Optimizing Strength

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Airbus Group is taking innovation inspired by nature to the air by using 3D printing to help build a stronger, lighter-weight galley partition that mimics cells structure and bone growth. The design literally lightens each airplane’s load, allowing it to do things like save a projected 465,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

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United Upcycles Banners Into Bags to Benefit Re:new Project, Peruvian Forest Project
United Upcycles Banners Into Bags to Benefit Re:new Project, Peruvian Forest Project

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More than 20 large banners that encouraged United Airlines customers to “Fly the Friendly Skies” at Chicago O’Hare found new life; the airline worked with the Columbia College Chicago Department of Fashion Studies and the Re:new Project – a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for refugee women – to transform the large fabric signs into 100 eco-friendly carry-on bags.

Farm-to-Air Fresh: JetBlue, TERRA Launch Blue Potato Farm at JFK Terminal 5
Farm-to-Air Fresh: JetBlue, TERRA Launch Blue Potato Farm at JFK Terminal 5

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - JetBlue Airways and TERRA® Real Vegetable Chips today revealed the T5 Farm – a blue potato farm and produce garden at Terminal 5 (T5) at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. An experiment in ‘farm-to-air’ innovation, the farm will promote New York agriculture and enhance the JetBlue customer experience with more green space.

Indian Airport Becomes World’s First to Operate Solely on Solar
Indian Airport Becomes World’s First to Operate Solely on Solar

CLEANTECH - Cochin International airport in Kochi, India has become the world’s first airport to completely operate on solar power, according to a recent announcement.The airport is powered by a 12 MWp solar power plant comprising of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres. It now will have 50,000 to 60,000 thousand units of electricity per day to be consumed for all its operational functions, which make the airport 100 percent power neutral.

FedEx to Purchase 3 Million Gallons of Jet Biofuel Annually
FedEx to Purchase 3 Million Gallons of Jet Biofuel Annually

CLEANTECH - Red Rock Biofuels, maker of renewable biofuels, announced Monday that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.The agreement runs through 2024, with first delivery expected in 2017. FedEx joins Southwest Airlines in purchasing Red Rock’s total available volume of jet fuel.

Boeing Developing Sustainable Aviation Fuels For 2020 Olympics in Japan
Boeing Developing Sustainable Aviation Fuels For 2020 Olympics in Japan

CLEANTECH - Boeing and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have partnered to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) — a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan's government and the University of Tokyo — laid out a five-year "roadmap" to develop biofuel by 2020 as a way to reduce aviation's environmental footprint.

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Common, Rigorous, Robust Standards Needed for Sustainability to Fly in the Airline Industry
Common, Rigorous, Robust Standards Needed for Sustainability to Fly in the Airline Industry

CLEANTECH - If you think about air travel and sustainability, a couple of things might occur to you: First, that you are not involved or interested; second, that since airlines are so dependent on liquid fuel, reducing their carbon emissions is a lost cause. But, you probably are involved, and flying can become less disruptive of the planet’s systems.

How Looptworks and Southwest Airlines Partnered to Close a Loop
How Looptworks and Southwest Airlines Partnered to Close a Loop

WASTE NOT - Fashion is probably the last thing you think about when you see a leather airplane seat – yet through a partnership between Southwest Airlines and textile and accessories upcycler Looptworks, 43 acres of leather collected from 80,000 discarded Southwest airplane seats were turned into LUV Seat weekender duffle bags, shoes, soccer balls and more that embody how creative partnerships can help companies close loops and benefit the environment.

JetBlue Once Again to Offset Carbon Emissions For All Flights During Earth Month
JetBlue Once Again to Offset Carbon Emissions For All Flights During Earth Month

LEADERSHIP - This week, JetBlue Airways announced it is once again partnering with the Carbonfund.org Foundation to offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (CO2e) generated by all scheduled flights from April 1 to April 30, in honor of Earth Month. Now in its eighth year, this partnership has allowed travelers to offset part of the carbon footprint from their flights by making a donation to support carbon-reduction projects. To date, JetBlue says it has purchased offsets totaling more than 350 million pounds (158,000 metric tons) of CO2 and CO2e emissions.

World’s First Solar-Powered Plane Making Its Way Around the Globe
World’s First Solar-Powered Plane Making Its Way Around the Globe

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Single-seat, solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 successfully completed the second leg of its five-month journey around the planet, after touching down in Ahmedabad, India on Tuesday.The journey began successfully after a 13-hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, Oman. “The flight went really well, everything went as planned,” said a team spokesperson of the first flight. This is but a small step (about 270 miles) on the 20,000-mile journey that will take about 500 hours of flying time. Pilot André Borschberg flew the first leg, while his partner Bertrand Piccard took the second leg.

Boeing Completes World's First Flight Powered by Green Diesel
Boeing Completes World's First Flight Powered by Green Diesel

CLEANTECH - Boeing has carried out the world's first flight using "green diesel," a widely available sustainable biofuel already used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane on Tuesday with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine.Sustainable green diesel is made from vegetable oils, waste cooking oil and waste animal fats. Boeing previously found that this fuel is chemically similar to HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) aviation biofuel approved in 2011. Green diesel is chemically distinct and a different fuel product than "biodiesel," which also is used in ground transportation.

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Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 Tests 25 Eco-friendly Innovations
Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 Tests 25 Eco-friendly Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has begun flight testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving aviation's environmental performance through every phase of flight.The program accelerates the testing, refinement and use of new technologies and methods that can improve efficiency and reduce noise. Boeing says this new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency; remote sensors to reduce wiring; aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.Technologies being tested include:

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Old Seat Coverings in U.S. and Kenya
Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Old Seat Coverings in U.S. and Kenya

WASTE NOT - Southwest Airlines has announced the distribution of products made in Kenya and the U.S. as part of its global upcycling initiative LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose. The distribution in Kenya completes the second phase of the multi-year environmental program, which will upcycle around 80,000 former airline seat coverings into new leather products to provide training and jobs in several communities in addition to keeping these materials out of a landfill.

Boeing, Kenya Airways Partner with Non-Profits to Deliver Medical Supplies in Kenya
Boeing, Kenya Airways Partner with Non-Profits to Deliver Medical Supplies in Kenya

COLLABORATION - Boeing and Kenya Airways have partnered with First Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, to transport medical equipment to Kajiado, Kenya, on a newly delivered 787 Dreamliner from the company's North Charleston, S.C., facility.The supplies, including examination tables and other equipment, will benefit Kenyan children served by the Africa Inland Church Childcare Center in Kajiado. The center provides care and treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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